Archive for Thursday, April 20, 2006

Democrat Boyda says Iraq war was mistake, announces House seat rematch

April 20, 2006


— Democrat Nancy Boyda said Wednesday that she had figured out how to beat U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, a five-term Republican incumbent.

Boyda, of Topeka, said she would turn down any help from Washington consultants, and she wouldn't spend time talking about GOP campaign finance scandals.

Instead, she said she would focus on health care, closing tax loopholes that currently benefit "mega corporations," and getting the money-changers out of Congress.

"Nothing is going to change until we change Congress," she said.

In setting up a rematch against Ryun, of Lawrence, Boyda told approximately 200 supporters at a Capitol rally, "My Momma did not raise a quitter, and we are going to get it done this time."

In 2004, Boyda, a political newcomer, and Ryun, a legendary Olympic runner, engaged in a contentious race that Ryun won 56 percent to 41 percent, with the rest going to a Libertarian candidate.

The district includes western Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and a large swath of southeast Kansas.

Nancy Boyda talks with campaign worker Ed Carmona before Boyda announced her candidacy for Congress on Wednesday at the Statehouse. About 200 people showed their support.

Nancy Boyda talks with campaign worker Ed Carmona before Boyda announced her candidacy for Congress on Wednesday at the Statehouse. About 200 people showed their support.

This time around, Boyda spent much of her rally speech decrying the pull of money in Congress.

"Big money doesn't just influence Congress; it absolutely controls it," she said.

Currently, pharmaceutical companies are in charge of the nation's health care policy, while oil and gas companies run the energy policy, she said.

"The administration and Jim Ryun have brought this control of big money to a point not seen in this country for over 100 years," she said.

Ryun's chief of staff, Mark Kelly, said Boyda's charge was "a page right out of the Democrats' standard campaign playbook in Washington.

"It's a charge candidates resort to every election cycle when they have no ideas to offer the people of Kansas."

But Boyda said Congress needed to spend more time trying to help families and strengthen the economy instead of arguing about abortion and gay marriage.

Ryun has been one of Bush's most stalwart defenders of the war in Iraq, but Boyda said the U.S. needed to set a timetable to leave.

"Going into Iraq was a mistake. Our troops have done a fabulous job, but I don't think our country is safer at this point," she said.

And she disagreed with Ryun's vote for an immigration bill that would have made felons out of people here illegally and those who may have provided humanitarian aid to them.

Boyda said businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants should be punished. Once enforcement is under control, she said, "then we make certain good, hard-working people have a clear path to guest worker status or to full-citizenship status."

Democrats have hammered Ryun lately for campaign funds he has received from indicted former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and a house he bought from a nonprofit group connected to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Ryun has defended his contributions and purchase of the house.

But Boyda told reporters she wouldn't comment on those issues and instead would let voters decide what they thought about them.


coldandhot 11 years, 7 months ago

Ryun will take care of Boyda again. Go Jim!

staff04 11 years, 7 months ago

I don't like Boyda's chances, but Jim Ryun needs to go. He might qualify as the single most do-nothing member of Congress. When Kansas loses a seat in Congress after the next census, they won't notice--they've already lost one in the 1st district anyway.

Jamesaust 11 years, 7 months ago

I believe it likely that Boyda will fall short again, particularly in that she is not all that appealing of a candidate for the district.

That said, she will do quite well given the pathetic weakness of Ryun and what seems likely to be a good year for Democrats in general. Indeed, Moore looks like he might escape a quality challenger this year and Sebelius looks more and more like a sure bet. That will leave the Dems with money and time to focus on broadening their electees.

Ryun perennially manages to avoid being named to lists of the worst Congressmen mainly by avoiding doing much of anything.
1. He's on the Budget Committee during a period when the government's spending and the citizens' debt has exploded.
2. He's on the Armed Services Committee but has refused to fulfill his duty of overseeing the military during a period of war. 3. He's on the Finance Committee but apparently the only finanances he's concerned about are those of Tom Delay's fundingraising, Jack Abramoff's bribes, and sweet real estate deals for himself.

lamb 11 years, 7 months ago

What does it take to find a good representative that really cares about the constituents?

Steve Jacob 11 years, 7 months ago

Honest question, did she say Iraq was a mistake in 2004? I don't remember.

My guess is no, because nobody did two years ago.

yourworstnightmare 11 years, 7 months ago

JA is likely correct; Boyda will most likely lose again due to the gerrymandering of Lawrence to preserve Ryun's seat. Ryun plays to his right-wing base just enough without doing a thing in congress; a place-holder congressman if ever there was.

Ryun would be/have been toast if both Topeka and all of Lawrence were in his district. Moore also would have retained his seat with addition democratic votes in souteastern Kansas south of Miami County.

Three more congressional elections after this one and the point might be moot. Kansas will lose a congressional district in 2012.

Godot 11 years, 7 months ago

Boyda????? This is a lost cause. Please, someone, a Democrat, who does not have an allegiance to the far left in World politics, step up and oppose Boyda.

Ryan on the far right, Boyda on the far left?

Where are the moderates?

Godot 11 years, 7 months ago

Write in the name of your choice. We should all do that.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 7 months ago

"Ask the Islamofascists held at Gitmo."

How do propose going about that? Even if they were allowed lawyers, they couldn't ask them anything.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 7 months ago

Can you explain the hair on a gnat's a** now, Kevin? Enquiring minds want to know.

Godot 11 years, 7 months ago

Observer, your employer will not be pleased with the quality of your arguments. Best you try harder.

Lonestar1 11 years, 7 months ago

Our congressman's claim to fame, after 5 terms in office is still being a one time Olympic runner. He supports out Great Leader and is on the party payola list. Collecting campaign funds and great house deals from the Washington insiders.
This is a story of a do nothing Congressman, supported by the far right and someone who thinks she can do a better job for Kansas. Are we safer now than we were after 9/11? Are we safer, after invading TWO countries, defeating their armies and overthrowing their governments? Where is Osama?
The CEO of Amoco Oil made $190,000 a day in salary and benfits! Oil companies report record profits each quarter. Gas is on the way to $4 a gallon, double what it was in June of 2000. I know big business is safer than ever! It is our dollars and the blood of our young solders that make it happen. Let's put someone new in Congress and see what happens, it might get better.

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